Bet on the NFLFour games into the season, the New York Giants are 3 -1 and tied for the division lead with the Washington Redskins, and the only person not surprised by this is head coach Tom Coughlin. “I have stuck to this all along and I am not going to change now,” Coughlin said, “We have good players.”
Even though it is no secret that the veteran Coughlin is on the hot seat this season due to the Giants poor performances in the late part of the last two seasons, he is remaining extremely positive and optimistic despite his off season losses to free agency and his early season injuries.
“We have them in a position to win. We certainly have had some things go the other way in terms of injuries and feel bad about those players, but the rest of our guys have to pick it up,” commented Coughlin. Picking it up is exactly what the rest of the Giants have done, pulling out three fourth quarter victories. On Sunday, the G-Men came back from a 10 point deficit in the fourth, and pulled out a 31-27 victory over Arizona.
The difference thus far this season has been a lack of turnovers. Quarterback Eli Manning threw a career high 25 picks last season. Thus far, Manning has only tossed two. A stat that will keep the Giants within striking distance of anyone on their schedule. Despite the loss of his two favorite targets to free agency, Steve Smith and Kevin Boss, Manning has managed to flourish and find some new favorites. Both Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz have stepped up and showed big play capabilities in the early part of this season.
So how good could the G-Men be this season? Who knows. Things do look bright though, and when they return some of their injured players to the defensive side of the ball, watch out, things could get rough for opponents.